Edmonton Technical Lunch - Monday March 25, 2013

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NASTT Colleagues and Friends,

Please join us for the fifth technical lunch of the 2012-2013 season on Monday March 25, 2013.

This month’s presenter is Mohammed Al-Bataineh.  Mohammed is an expert in value analysis, risk analysis, project control, project planning, and simulation modeling for civil engineering applications. 

Dr. Al-Bataineh is a manager of planning and control with SMA Consulting Ltd., which is based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and which focuses on providing consulting services in the areas of infrastructure analysis, risk analysis, value analysis, constructability, and project management. He has completed risk and value analysis for major civil projects including drainage and tunnels. 

After earning his BSc in Civil Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1999 and his MSc in Construction Engineering from Western Michigan University in 2002, Dr. Al-Bataineh submitted a thesis related to scenario-based planning to complete his PhD in Construction Engineering & Management from the University of Alberta in 2008.

This month’s presentation will be discussing the application of Method Productivity Delay Model (MPDM) in Tunneling Projects.  During tunneling, a number of issues may impact productivity, such as breakdowns due to electrical and mechanical issues, weather, equipment, etc.

To better understand the impact on productivity for each breakdown, the Method Productivity Delay Model (MPDM) was used to analyze tunneling productivity in a number of projects done by the City of Edmonton’s Drainage Design and Construction section.

Applying the MPDM began with highlighting the construction cycle and what might impact the production during the cycle, then collecting data for a number of cycles, including the production, the cycle time, delays, and the reasons for the delays. Then, the overall production and the production with the non-delay cycle were calculated and compared, and the severity and expected percentage of delay due to each delay reason were also calculated.  Knowing that information will direct the project team to which type of delay they should concentrate their efforts.

In our past experience with tunneling projects, up to 50% of tunneling cycles encounter a type of breakdown that impacts productivity, and consequently increases the cost and schedule of the project.  The MPDM helps to pinpoint the impact on productivity and locate the most problematic type of breakdown. 

Pre-registration is now closed.

Place: University of Alberta Faculty Club, Papaschase Room, 11435 Saskatchewan Drive

Time: 11:30 am Registration
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Guest Speaker
1:30 pm Adjournment

Cost: Members: $20.00*
Non-Members: $30.00
Students: $10.00 (valid student card required)

* Note: Membership status will be verified against the Northwest Chapter’s current member list. If your name is not on the chapter member list, you will be asked to pay the non-member rate. To check if you are a registered member of NASTT, please visit www.nastt.org and search the member directory for your name; this directory is current with NASTT’s membership records.

Payment will be taken at the door, by cash or cheque only.


Greg Tippett, P.Eng.
NASTT-NW Chapter
Edmonton Section Chair